The Loch Lomond Fisheries Trust is an environmental charity formed in 2001 to champion the conservation and restoration of Loch Lomond's native fish populations, their habitats and the freshwater environment.



In recent years, the number of salmon returning to Scottish rivers has declined. Early-running or ‘spring’ salmon have been particularly affected by these trends. Unfortunately, we know from a number of studies that anglers are capable of catching a surprisingly large proportion of spring salmon – around 30%. Each fish that is caught and killed reduces the number of fish available to spawn.

Because of this, many anglers now practise catch and release, especially during the early months of the season, realising that by doing so they can make a worthwhile investment in future fisheries. 

Catch and release is one method by which anglers can help to safeguard salmon and wild trout stocks in Scottish rivers and lochs. 


The chances of survival of a released fish depend on how it has been handled. If you handle the fish properly you can be confident that the fish will have the greatest chance of going on to spawn. Catch and release is one of the most effective ways in which anglers can contribute to the future of their sport.

Guidance on the techniques for handling and release has been produced by Marine Scotland, titled “Catch and Release: A guide to Best Practise”.

To view the document, click here.